“Women Build” is a month of empowerment dedicated to women. This month of events is a local expansion on the National Women Build Week, hosted by Habitat for Humanity International, when Habitat affiliates across the nation dedicate time to encouraging women to take part in community building and home maintenance. Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build, and advocate for decent and affordable housing in their communities. The program continues to grow across international borders, empowering women everywhere to address affordable housing for themselves, their families and their neighbors. Dozens of international Women Builds have taken place, and the program aims to direct financial assistance to women-led projects worldwide.

Our Women Build brings together women from all walks of life – professionals, students, faith groups, community leaders, book clubs, marathoners, friends, neighbors, mothers and daughters – to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Nationally, more than 60% of Habitat for Humanity’s projects are home to partner families with women heads of household. Due to skills they learn while building their Habitat home, these women are better equipped to maintain their homes leading to less housing instability and, consequently, more confidence in their ability to cope with day-to-day situations.

Habitat for Humanity has been able to put on “Women Build” on the national level for the 10th year in a row now, thanks to our national partner, Lowe’s! They’ve supported Habitat’s mission since 2003, donating over $63 million to help improve living conditions for families. For the year of 2017 alone, they’ve donated nearly $2 million in an effort to support “Women Build” in 300 communities nationwide. In addition, they send out employee volunteers and conduct how-to clinics, in-store, throughout the year that teach volunteers construction skills so they feel equipped when they participate in the builds. Out of the 100,000 women that have engaged in Women Build Week since its 2008 inception, 10,000 of them have been “Lowe’s Heroes”, employees who volunteer with local nonprofits. The program has grown in success each year with more than 2,500 houses built by all-women construction crews during Women Build.

Habitat SKC’s goals are to raise awareness through Women Build about all the ways we can support affordable housing as a community, to build connections with like-minded individuals and organizations, and to equip volunteers with new skills which they can apply directly on site and in their own home.

Our expanded event calendar includes:

  • Lowe’s How To Clinic: “Power Up”, Sat. April 29th 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
  • Kendra Scott Kickoff Event: “Shop to Donate”, Weds. May 3rd 4:30-7:30p.m.
  • Lowe’s Build Day: Sat. May 6th 8:45a.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • Women of Influence Build: Thurs. May 11th, 8:45a.m. – 1:00p.m.
  • Multiple volunteer opportunities with new construction, neighborhood revitalization, and Habitat stores throughout Seattle-King County.

 

Get involved with Habitat-SKC in your community by:

  • emailing volunteer@habitatskc.org to get started
  • advocating for Women Build by sharing this blog post
  • checking our Women Build page for more information and updates
  • plugging into the conversation via social media using #SKCWomenBuild.

Together we build homes, communities and hope.

Special thanks to Lowe’s, our exclusive sponsor of National Women Build Week (May 6 – 14), and our sponsors of Women Build month, including:  ANEW (Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women), Avalon Bay, Blackrock, EvoFit Gym, Kendra Scott, Mutual Materials, Quick Law Group PLLC, Redfin, and Wells Fargo.

 

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